How to Add a Simple Form to Your Website

Would you like to give your website visitors an easy way to contact you with comments or questions?

Instead of a mailto: link (which doesn’t work for people who use web-based email like GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, or similar services), or  javascript click to email (which also doesn’t work for everyone), make it easier for your visitors to contact you by adding a simple form to your website.

Sound too complicated?  Don’t worry.  It’s easy when you know about a couple of very cool tools.

If your website is a WordPress site, you can add one of these plugins to create a form:

Not running WordPress for your website, or prefer not to use a plugin?  No problem, try one of these options:

  • Jotform.com: Free and paid options for accounts.  Super user-friendly drag and drop interface.  Allows you to create your form then add it to your website by copying and pasting a little piece of javascript.  If you like drag and drop type options, you may want to use this even if you’re using WordPress for your site.  Will email you each time a form is submitted as well as store it in a database so you can login and view it.
  • Google Documents: If you like Google docs you may want to check out their form creator.  It’s easy to use and saves your results in a spreadsheet you can view online.  This one has lots of design choices, and you can even make your results public if you’d like to share the info you gather.  Because it’s managed by Google Docs you can also easily share access with your virtual assistant or business partner.

So, what can you do with your new forms?

  • Add one to your contact page so it’s easy for clients to get in touch with you.
  • If you’re a coach, create a feedback/accountability form so clients can report in weekly (or whatever frequency you like).
  • Create a survey and find out what your clients want/need.
  • … and more!
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4 Comments

  1. Michelle:

    Thank you for posting this blog article. It can get so confusing with selecting a contact form. Currently use Contact Form 7 and did not know about the other three listed. Will definitely check out Fast & Secure Contact Form. Nice to know that they have an anti-spam feature.

    Jane
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  2. Hi Michelle,

    You continuously offer great advice on your blog and this is no exception. A form is so important but can be tricky to implement unless you know what you’re doing. Like all jobs, if you’ve got the right tools,you’re halfway there.
    best wishes
    Rob

    1. The right tools can make all the difference. Some of these are so easy to use, just got to know where to find them.

  3. Thanks for the post, Michelle!
    Do you find a lot of interaction coming from contact forms? I don’t really and I think the reason might be because they are a bit impersonal. You don’t really know who’s at the end of the line :)
    I tend to look for FB, LinkedIn, and twitter buttons to check out and avoid sending an email through the contact form. Perhaps other are thinking the same way?
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